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Lot# 4567 - Auction 284 - 290

  • Lot# : 4567 Great Britain

    1867 (March-April): Paris Exhibition Proof for ther 2 d. printed in blue from Plate 9 after the firdt repair of 1866, on soft cream card paper, imperforate. A block of twenty (as described in SG specialised catalogue), lettered AA-AD / EA-ED, with large margins all round. ED with small corner fault and closed tear at left in CA and three further Proofs with thins due to original method of display, otherwise fresh and very fine, an astonishing piece: the largest recorded multiple. Unique Gi DP49 = £ 80'000.rnOn March 28th, 1867, Ormond Hill wrote to J.P. Bacon: "The Board has decided to supply to the G.P.O. for Exhibition at Paris a proof sheet of each variety of postage stamp (...) from the newest 1d. and 2d. plates and send them to me. According to H. Osborne (in 1946) blocks of 20 in issued colours were displayed in Paris 1867.rnNote: For further information see Dr. H. Osborne 'Two Pence Blue' page 123, copy enclosed with the lot.rnProvenance: Harmers-Craveri Auction 4 June 1994.
    Starting bid : 7,500 CHF
    Hammer price : 9,000 CHF